The Satmar and de-Blasio…. A Match Made of?

 

 

FBI grills de Blasio’s Satmar pals in fundraising probe

Federal investigators are questioning leaders in Williamsburg’s Hasidic community in their expanding inquiry into Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising practices, multiple sources told The Post.

Rabbi and political fund-raiser Moishe Indig was questioned by FBI agents on Wednesday. Indig referred them to his attorney but agents seized one of his cellphones, the sources said.

“They told him, ‘It’s all about Bill,’ and they want more information from him,” said one source close to Indig, a de Blasio ally.

“They have an interest in Moishe because they’re digging into de Blasio’s fund-raising tactics and they want to know what favors they [Hasidic community members] are getting back from the mayor,” the source added.

Indig did not return calls seeking comment.

Agents visited Rabbi David Niederman on Thursday, but Niederman referred them to his lawyers, two sources said. Niederman told The Post federal agents did not visit him.

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Federal authorities on Thursday arrested Williamsburg political operative Yitzchok “Isaac” Sofer on charges he lied about his income to obtain $30,000 in food stamps.

The FBI interviewed Sofer two weeks ago about mayoral fund-raising and influence peddling, but he refused to rat on his friends at City Hall, the sources said. The sources believe the FBI brought the food-stamp charge to squeeze information from him.

“They know Sofer is a progressive Hasidic Jew who is friendly with all these guys in the administration including [top de Blasio aides] Avi Fink and Emma Wolfe,” a City Hall source said. “People in the community come to him to fix their problems and he has amassed his influence.”

Indig, Niederman and Sofer are influential leaders in the Satmar community, one of the city’s largest Hasidic sects. De Blasio ­aggressively courted the Satmars in his 2013 mayoral campaign.

It was Indig who convinced leaders of the Satmars’ Aroni faction to shift their support from Christine Quinn to de Blasio two weeks before the contentious 2013 Democratic primary, sources said.

Sofer said at the time that de Blasio’s support for private religious schools was a main reason for the endorsement.

Sofer and Indig were the hosts of an Oct. 3, 2013, fund-raising event for de Blasio, according to the mayor’s campaign Web site.

Indig, who landed on de Blasio’s “Worst Landlords” list back when the mayor was public advocate, has attended at least two meetings at City Hall with Niederman and other religious leaders, according to the mayor’s official schedule.

But Indig has never registered as a lobbyist despite advocating on issues important to the Orthodox community, sources said.

“Developers go to Indig with issues with their properties, hoping to get permits expedited or rezonings approved by the city,” said one Williamsburg source. “People hire him privately to get things done.”

Sofer, 39, works in government relations for the Central United Talmudical Academy, which is tied to the Aroni faction. The yeshiva’s lobbyist, Capalino+Company, pressed Fink and other City Hall officials in early 2015 to open a universal-pre-K program at the site.

The FBI raided the academy’s offices in March, possibly as part of a probe into the use of federal school-lunch funds, reports said.

CUTA spokesman Michael Tobman called Sofer’s arrest a “personal matter having nothing to do with the larger community or its institutions.” Sofer did not return a message seeking comment.

 

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66th Precinct – What’s the Going Rate for a Corrupt Cop?

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Lt. Michael Andreano Joins the Ranks of those Alleged to be in Bed with the Epidemic of Corruption within the Ultra Orthodox Community of Borough Park and Beyond…

 

NYPD lieutenant stripped of badge, gun over ties to bribery scheme

http://nypost.com/2016/10/24/nypd-lieutenant-stripped-of-badge-gun-over-ties-to-bribery-scheme/

A high-ranking Brooklyn cop has been stripped of his badge and gun over ties to a key figure in an alleged $1 million NYPD bribery scheme, The Post has learned.

Lt. Michael Andreano of the 66th Precinct in Boro Park was put on desk duty as part of the wide-ranging corruption probe that has already resulted in pending charges against three NYPD bosses, sources said.

Andreano is suspected of having improper dealings with Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of the Boro Park “Shomrim” patrol who in April was busted on bribery and conspiracy charges involving pistol permits, sources said.

“This guy was tight with Shaya and would go out of his way to accommodate him,” a source said.

Andreano served as a community-affairs sergeant in the 66th Precinct before getting promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and transferred to the 60 Precinct in West Brighton.

He was transferred back to the 66th after “a month or two,” sources said, and put in charge of Special Operations there.

Andreano’s return was announced at a Community Council meeting in September 2015, according to the KensingtonBK blog.

Lichtenstein was allegedly recorded offering a whistleblowing cop $6,000 a pop to “expedite” approval of pistol permits for members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.

During that conversation, Lichtenstein used a calculator to show that 150 permits would be worth $900,000, according to the feds.

He also allegedly bragged that he had already scored 150 permits for clients who paid him up to $18,000 each for the service but said he had lost his connection in the NYPD’s License Division.

Earlier this month, a prosecutor revealed there had been “continuous discussions” for Lichtenstein to strike a plea deal, and a judge gave both sides until Nov. 3 to come to terms or proceed with the case.

The cop who secretly recorded Lichtenstein, former License Division member David Ochetal, secretly pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with authorities after admitting that he had accepted “lunch money” from Lichtenstein.

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Future Top Cop – In Bed with the Borough Park Corrupt – Community Board 12

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Community Board 12, Yidel Perlstein… Bringing our Old Friends Back to the Forefront…

 

Community leader boasted about snagging favor from future top cop

http://nypost.com/2016/10/24/nypd-lieutenant-stripped-of-badge-gun-over-ties-to-bribery-scheme/

A Borough Park community leader bragged on a taped phone call how he pulled some strings to get future top cop James O’Neill to transfer a friendly lieutenant back to the neighborhood, The Post has learned.

Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein wanted Michael Andreano returned to Borough Park’s 66th Precinct from the 60th in Brighton Beach, where the cop had been shipped following his promotion.

Perlstein, speaking in Yiddish, describes in the secretly recorded conversation how he approached NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers at a September 2015 breakfast meeting in Williamsburg and asked that Andreano be moved.

Perlstein claims that he offered Powers dinner at a local kosher steakhouse to grease the wheels for the personnel move, with Powers then talking to O’Neill, who was the NYPD’s chief of department at the time and happened to be at the meeting.

“I told Powers, ‘I will take you out to The Loft for supper,’ ” Perlstein says on the recording.

“So I told Powers, go over to O’Neill, to tell him to make an exception, to have Andreano back. So Powers and others went over to O’Neill and made the request to O’Neill and O’Neill said, ‘No problem, permission granted,’ with a big smile on his face.

“And [Andreano] was already the next day at work,” he adds.

The phone call was taped by a community activist who shared an excerpt with The Post. New York law permits people to secretly record conversations in which they take part.

Captains-union President Roy Richter said the commanding officer of the 66th put in a request to retain Andreano as soon as he was promoted — though he did not return until after the September meeting.

On Monday, The Post exclusively reported that Andreano had been stripped of his badge and gun over his ties to Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of Borough Park’s “Shomrim” safety patrol.

Lichtenstein was busted by the feds in April on charges he offered nearly $1 million in bribes to score pistol permits from the NYPD’s License Division for clients who paid him up to $18,000 a pop.

Andreano’s transfer back to the 66th was highly unusual, because protocol dictates that cops get moved following a promotion to avoid animosity from former colleagues and to prevent corruption, a high-ranking NYPD official said.

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East Ramapo and Elia- Public Meeting to Determine Fate of $3M

A School District Whose Children Have Been Raped of an Education and $3M in State Aid

It does not matter in East Ramapo whether you are Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, secular, Hispanic, Black, White, or Green because all of East Ramapo’s children have been deprived of an education.

In the public schools in East Ramapo despite the best efforts of teachers, parents and activists the resources have been scarce and the schools in disrepair, leaving the public school children to study without proper textbooks,  in classrooms known to leak during rainstorms. The schools of that district barely offer core classes. There are few art classes, if any and music is a luxury.

The public schools in East Ramapo, once the best in the State, lack the resources necessary to provide an education consistent with New York State mandates. Funding is grossly inadequate and the Board of Education, comprised in disproportionate part of ultra-Orthodox men blames the State.

There is no acknowledgement on the part of the Trustees of the East Ramapo Board of Education and their spokespeople that money has been siphoned off for years for the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox religious education. The premise has been that there are more private school, Yeshiva educated children and more resources should be provided for their edcuation. Separation of Church and State be damned.

In contrast the private Yeshivas, funded with public taxpayer money, have the resources but the children are deprived an education by an establishment which actively chains them to functional illiteracy, mathematical ignorance and a non-science based religious education… in Yiddish. Separation of Church and State, an unknown concept.

 

Presently there is a public meeting at Rockland Community College, located in East Ramapo intended to explain how $3M in New York State aid will be allocated. Perhaps Church and State can walk on separate sides of the road….

Lohud reported on September 27, 2016

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6

The state education commissioner has approved the East Ramapo school district’s plan for using $3 million in state aid to create universal full-day kindergarten and restore arts programs in grades K-6, among other initiatives.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Monday that she had given her blessing to the plan, and also said she would join state-appointed monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple at a public meeting to discuss the initiatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Road, Ramapo.

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6, according to a district spokesperson.

The district conducted its own public hearing to receive community input on the expenditure plan on Sept. 7. The school board approved the plan on Sept. 13 and it was submitted to Elia on Sept. 20.

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“These plans represent the district’s path forward to ensure progress continues and to ensure the educational rights of every East Ramapo student are met,” Commissioner Elia said in a statement. “Chuck Szuberla, John Sipple and Superintendent Wortham have worked as quickly as possible to put a long-term strategic academic and fiscal improvement plan in place that is both thorough and thoughtful. It continues the work already done to repair the trust of the East Ramapo community, while recognizing there is still work to do.”

The $3 million in supplemental funding was approved under a state oversight law that required the development of the strategic academic plan, as well as a comprehensive expenditure plan, in consultation with Szuberla.

In 2012, East Ramapo went from full-day to half-day kindergarten amid $14 million worth of budget cuts. Last year, two sections were added. Four new full-day kindergarten classes were included in the district’s $224 million budget approved by voters in May.

Here’s what’s being proposed for the $3 million:

  • $1.2 million to hire six monolingual kindergarten teachers and four bilingual kindergarten teachers.
  • Up to 11 sections of full-day kindergarten would be created, depending upon the number of children who enroll.
  • The bulk of kindergarten funding, $670,000, would go towards salaries, while the remainder would cover classroom materials, instructional technology and building adjustments to accommodate new classes.
  • Restoring art, music, dance and theater classes for students in grades K-6 will cost around $1.7 million.
  • The district aims to hire 12 teachers for arts instruction, the majority of whom were previously laid off and are on the preferred eligibility list (PELL).

The strategic plans can be found on the East Ramapo Central School District website.

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Protecting the Elderly: What Are NYS Assembly Members Doing? NOTHING!!!

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To: Walter Mosley <waltertmosley@gmail.com>; Joseph Yanis <yanisj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us” <cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us>; Monica Miller <millerm@assembly.state.ny.us>; Kristin Williams <williamsk@assembly.state.ny.us>; Cathy Peake <peakec@assembly.state.ny.us>; Adrienne Knoll <knolla@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnn VanSlyke <vanslykej@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnne Simon <simonj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “felder@nysenate.gov” <felder@nysenate.gov>; “ott@nysenate.gov” <ott@nysenate.gov>; “bender@nysenate.gov” <bender@nysenate.gov>; Susan Serino <serino@nysenate.gov>; “farley@nysenate.gov” <farley@nysenate.gov>; “golden@nysenate.gov” <golden@nysenate.gov>; “hassellt@senate.state.ny.us” <hassellt@senate.state.ny.us>; Brad Hoylman <hoylman@nysenate.gov>; “eli@bradhoylman.com” <eli@bradhoylman.com>; “larkin@senate.state.ny.us” <larkin@senate.state.ny.us>; “little@nysenate.gov” <little@nysenate.gov>; “martins@nysenate.gov” <martins@nysenate.gov>; “montgome@nysenate.gov” <montgome@nysenate.gov>; Terrence P. Murphy <murphy@nysenate.gov>; “panepinto@nysenate.gov” <panepinto@nysenate.gov>; “grivera@nysenate.gov” <grivera@nysenate.gov>; “seward@nysenate.gov” <seward@nysenate.gov>; Catharine Young <cyoung@nysenate.gov>; Office of Assembly Member Dick Gottfried W. Paster <pasterw@assembly.state.ny.us>; Alyssa Jacobs <jacobsa@nyassembly.gov>; “braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us” <braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us” <cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us>; “clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us” <clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us>; “dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us” <dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us>; “galefs@assembly.state.ny.us” <galefs@assembly.state.ny.us>; “garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us” <garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us>; “goodella@assembly.state.ny.us” <goodella@assembly.state.ny.us>; “gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us” <gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us>; “hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us” <hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us>; “jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us” <jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us>; “lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us” <lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mayers@assembly.state.ny.us” <mayers@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us” <mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us>; “paulina@assembly.state.ny.us” <paulina@assembly.state.ny.us>; “parker@senate.state.ny.us” <parker@senate.state.ny.us>; “chauvin@nysenate.gov” <chauvin@nysenate.gov>; “rae@assembly.state.ny.us” <rae@assembly.state.ny.us>; “raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us” <raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us>; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal <rosenthall@assembly.state.ny.us>; “schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us” <schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “steckp@assembly.state.ny.us” <steckp@assembly.state.ny.us>; Michael Stinson <stinsonm@assembly.state.ny.us>; “titonem@assembly.state.ny.us” <titonem@assembly.state.ny.us>; “walterr@assembly.state.ny.us” <walterr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “diaz@nysenate.gov” <diaz@nysenate.gov>; “lavalle@nysenate.gov” <lavalle@nysenate.gov>; “valesky@nysenate.gov” <valesky@nysenate.gov>; Kathleen Marchione <marchione@nysenate.gov>
Cc: Ibrahim Khan <ikhan@pubadvocate.nyc.gov>; Kenya Handy <khandy@comptroller.nyc.gov>; Hakeem Jeffries <hakeemjeffries@yahoo.com>; Dell Smitherman <dell.smitherman@1199.org>; Martin Nicholas (Schumer) <nicholas_martin@schumer.senate.gov>; Susan Lerner <slerner@commoncause.org>; Laast Ousman (Gillibrand)

It would be very easy and disingenuous to allow the problems of flipped NYC nursing homes and long term care facilities to be solely the Mayor’s problem in the Rivington House and CABs scandal. Ownership must be taken by NYS Governor Cuomo who appoints a failed Public Health and Health Planning Council. The PHHPC continues to ignore past infractions and certifies bad actors pretending to be long term care manager/owners in total complicity with criminal harm to the disabled and vulnerable elderly.

With all due respect you must equally be held to account. The state Assembly and Senate have  sidestepped constructing a Bill to force would-be long term care owners (privatizing non-profits in huge numbers) to REQUIRE a minimum of ONE YEAR notification to resident/patients for appropriate transition time and concurrently discourage flippers of real estate-too often one and the same owners of nursing home titles.

The question must be asked-why?

The question must be posed…why do Leading Age…Hinman Straub…HANYS…NYSHFA…NYSCAL…HCA…FQC…AHCA…NCAL… Owner/Operator lobbying groups and their PACs continue to influence your legislation when victims who are ALSO your constituents-have no voice and are slaughtered with no sanctions unless they engage malpractice attorneys or Legal Aid comes to save them???

Please listen to the Brian Lehrer radio show interview/investigation link below-revolving around the Rivington House scam…but understand this is the tip of the iceberg-the answer that the Dept of Health is “investigating the inappropriate discharge” is tantamount to having the FOX investigate the problems in the  hen house!

You need to take ownership…this is a matter of flouting the Americans With Disability Act protections guaranteed to the sick-disabled-and a human rights violation. This is also who you are as a human being with  conscience-these could be your own elderly loved ones.

Thank you.

 

NYC Nursing Homes Evacuate Patients Without Plans

 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/relocation-rivington-house-nursing-home-patients/

Aug 31, 2016
When a New York nursing home is going to close, operators are supposed to give the State Department of Health 90 days’ notice and submit a detailed plan on how patients will be transferred. The agency has to approve the plan before anyone gets moved out. But, according to a three-month investigation by WNYC, that didn’t happen at two New York City nursing homes –The Rivington House on the Lower East Side and CABS Nursing Home in Bedford Stuyvesant. Both nursing homes were bought by the same company and then sold to real estate companies for profit without giving patients, staff, or public officials proper foresight or factual information about the closures.

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC urban policy reporter, discussed her reporting, and news that the state will investigate improper transfers of those residents that come forward.

 

Norman Seabrook – You Just Cannot Make This Stuff Up – Thanks, Walt…

 

Ex-correction union boss Norman Seabrook accused of corruption asks judge if he can go to Disney World

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/indicted-nyc-correction-union-boss-disney-vacation-article-1.2761494

Indicted former correction union boss Norman Seabrook is going to Disney World.

Seabrook, who’s awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, has asked Manhattan Federal Judge Andrew Carter to let him travel to Orlando from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 for a lavish Disney vacation.

Seabrook and his wife plan on staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a bail modification request filed on Monday says.

He needs the judge’s permission because he’s not allowed to leave the state while he’s out on bail.

Seabrook loudly pleads not guilty to corruption charges

The “Victorian-style” hotel bills itself as “inspired by historic Saratoga Springs-a late-1800s’ New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing…” according to the resort’s website.

The hotel sits between golf greens and a “shimmering” lake, and the Seabrooks can have their choice of “stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa,” the site says. Rooms for the dates he’s hoping to travel start at $327 a night.

Federal prosecutors don’t object to Seabrook’s request, the brief document notes.

Asked about the proposed trip, Seabrook’s lawyer, Paul Shechtman, said, “This must be a slow news day.”

Ex-correction boss will hire high-priced lawyer in probe

Seabrook, 56, stands accused of diverting $20 million in Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association pension money to a sketchy hedge fund in exchange for cash.

He also accepted lavish trips in relation to the alleged pension scheme, prosecutors maintain.

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Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Danny Chun – What are You being Paid to Provide Leniency???

 

DANNY CHUN AND DESPICABLE TAJ PATTERSON RULING, DANNY CHUN AND BROOKLYN SLUMLORDS…. WHAT ELSE IS YOUR SOUL BEING SOLD TO DO?

This weekend we were provided a tip that the same judge who ordered community service and $1,400 in reparations fro the brutal beating of Taj Patterson may also be the same judge who is allowing slumlords to fleece their tenants. And, it turns out the tip was unsettlingly correct, making us wonder whether this Judge is just another piece of the ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn food chain allowing the Hasidim if various Brooklyn neighborhoods to act with impunity.

The Tal Patterson ruling that has drawn ire amongst many who believe that the men involved should have been charged with a hate crime and given the maximum sentence. They were instead punished withe community service (which they are now arguing should not be in a “socially diverse setting.” Let’s not forget the brutality with which they beat Taj Patterson. Were it up to us, they would be standing in a black neighborhood with signs like in the “Die Hard” movie wherein Bruce Willis must stand on a corner proclaiming his hatred for blacks, but using more derogatory terms. 

Int he current slumlord ruling, it looks like the judicial friend of the Hasidic community is again going to offer leniency, again to the detriment of anyone not Hasidic. All we can do is wonder how cheaply Judge Danny Chun’s services are being offered out. We are further unsettled that it would appear that not only do they have at lease one D.A. in their pockets, Kenneth Thomson, but they have a judge sitting there where D.A. Thompson decides to prosecute.

Have you no conscience Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun? Were you not put in your position to uphold the law? Did you do so in the Taj Patterson case? No.  

 

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Brooklyn slumlord brothers accused of forcing out tenants so they could hike rents working on plea deal

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